RUNNING CLOUD & ON TO VICTORY OUR NEXT RUNNERS AT SALISBURY WEDNESDAY
Running Cloud and On To Victory both missed their Royal Ascot engagements for different reasons. On To Victory was balloted out of the King George V Handicap and will now run at Salisbury on Wednesday 28th June in the Bibury Cup. He is a progressive horse and was unlucky to be beaten at Sandown last time out, having scored impressively at Leicester the race before. He is in very good form and will appreciate the step up in distance.
Running Cloud missed his engagement in the Chesham to go for this easier race at Salisbury, as we did not think he had the experience to cope with all the razzmatazz of Royal Ascot and we are fairly confident we have made the right decision. He will run in the John Deere Auction race for horses that cost less than £50,000. This race has a bit of a history, as Sir Percy, a top class 2 year old and went on to win the Derby at 3, won this race at the start of his career before progressing further – let’s hope we might do the same!
Angels Quest was the closest we came to a winner last week going down narrowly in a photo at Newmarket. She is a filly to keep on side.
This is being posted on Sunday, but there is some rain forecast at Salisbury, which will suit both horses and good ground will be ideal.
ALL OUR ROYAL ASCOT RUNNERS PERFORMED WITH CREDIT
We had three runners at the Royal Ascot meeting and they all performed with credit, two of them being in the money. Who Dares Wins ran a blinder to be third in the Ascot Stakes and his next race will be the Ebor in August.
Scarlet Dragon, our best performer last year, ran right up to his best after a 6 months lay-off finishing sixth beaten a fraction over 2 lengths in the Wolferton Handicap. This was a fantastic performance and he is sure to come on from the race and will now go for the John Smith’s Cup at York on July 15th.
First Mohican, having his third Royal Ascot sortie, finished seventh in the Queen Alexandra Stakes (the same position as last year) in what looked a far better race. He will miss the Northumberland Plate, but will continue to give his owners a great deal of fun and excitement and his campaign will be based on a return tilt at the Cesarewitch in the autumn, where he finished such a good second last year.
We are hoping Hollie Doyle will be back to ride Scarlet Dragon at York and obviously will be reassociating her relationship with First Mohican. However, Josephine Gordon was an excellent stand in and gave him a very good ride in the Queen Alexandra Stakes and I am glad to say that all horses have come back safe and sound.
GOODWOOD VICTORY FOR ROYAL HOUSEHOLD
Royal Household impressed with a comfortable three and a quarter win at the beautiful Sussex venue despite being unsuited by the track. Hollie Doyle put his experience to good use and although our colt changed his legs down the hill he used his impressive stride to go clear when it mattered.